Technology Transfer and Market Development for Small-Hydropower in Tajikistan

What is the Programme about?

The project aims at initiating UNDP Tajikistan’s strategy – the scaling up of pilot activities for the acceleration of progress towards the achievement of MDGs with a particular focus on improving access to renewable energy in rural regions for the purpose of poverty reduction and triggering economic development. Its conceptualization falls within the frame of the Poverty Reduction Strategy III and National Development Strategy, which have been recognized to have no focus on promoting use of abundant renewable potential for poverty reduction, development and building environmental resilience.

The project will significantly accelerate the development of small-scale hydropower (SHP) generation in Tajikistan by removing barriers through enabling legal and regulatory framework, capacity building and developing sustainable delivery models, thus substantially avoiding the use of conventional biomass and fossil fuels for power and other energy needs. The project will do this by introducing a regulatory framework to supply the grid with electricity generated SHP through sustainable delivery models and financing mechanisms and assist the Government in attracting funding for SHP investments.

To achieve this, the project will:

  • assist in the implementation of policies, legislation and regulations that improve market conditions for renewable energy development;
  • demonstrate sustainable delivery models and financing mechanisms to encourage small-scale renewable energy projects (and improve social infrastructure) and support project implementation;
  • develop viable end-use applications of renewable energy; and
  • conduct training on proper management of renewable energy systems (e.g. tariff collection) to strengthen local ownership and sustainability.


  1. Adapted and enhanced legislative and regulatory framework for small-scale hydropower development in the country.
  2. Enhanced technical and planning know-how and developed market chain for SHP.
  3. Demonstrated technical and economic viability of SHP technology in supporting socio-economic development.
  4. National Scaling-up Programme of Renewable Energy-based Integrated Rural Development in supporting socio-economic development.

Accomplishments so far

  • Legislative basis in support to the development of small hydropower in the country is in place. The law on “Energy efficiency and energy saving” is formulated and to be adopted in 2013 the main provision of which is the establishment of the national RES and EE Trust Fund.
  • Power purchase agreement for buying electricity by the national energy monopolist “Barki Tojik” from individual power producer is signed. This pioneer initiative creates precedent for the future individual power producers for selling their excess power to the national electricity grid.
  • Three strategic documents on RES and EE prepared by the project and endorsed by the Ministry of Energy and Industry. The documents provide strategic guidance on the use and scaling up RES and EE for the country.
  • The integrated rural development (IRD) model based on mini hydropower plant is successfully accomplished.
  • Prefeasibility and feasibility studies to identify potential areas for the construction of mHPPs are initiated in Khatlon, Rasht and Sughd oblasts.

Who finances it?


Delivery in previous fiscal year

USD 475,000